Doctor shopping is a term used to describe when someone visits multiple doctors and pharmacies to get multiple prescriptions for the same drug. It is a way for people who are abusing prescription drugs to get access to more of them than would normally be prescribed.
The Dangers of Doctor Shopping
Doctor shopping has many dangers associated with it. Firstly, it can be extremely risky from a health standpoint; taking too much of a certain medication can lead to an overdose or other serious health complications. Secondly, doctor shopping can lead to addiction if done on a regular basis; this type of behavior often means that someone is developing an unhealthy dependence on the drugs they are obtaining through doctor shopping, and this could spiral into an addiction if left unchecked. Finally, doctor shopping is illegal in many states; those who engage in this behavior could potentially face legal repercussions if caught by authorities.
Signs of Doctor Shopping
The main signs of doctor shopping are frequent visits to the doctor, typically within the same week; requests for specific medicines, promoting certain pharmacological benefits or requesting more than a prescribed amount of medication; visiting physicians in different locations; and/or giving false information about prior medications taken.
Treatment for Prescription Drug Addiction
Prescription drug abuse can be addressed through a variety of treatment methods. Treatment often involves an individual addressing the root cause of their substance misuse and making lifestyle changes like building healthier relationships, finding healthful activities to replace drug use, and developing strong coping skills. Therapy is another important part of treatment, where individuals can learn techniques to manage cravings, identify triggers for drug use, and recognize how to handle situations in healthy ways.
Take the First Step Toward Recovery with The Good Life Treatment Center
The misuse of prescription medications is a serious problem and there can be dire consequences. If you or your loved one has an unhealthy relationship with prescription drugs, contact our team at The Good Life Treatment Center to learn more about our rehab center, programs, and admissions.